se·​mi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsē-mē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce semiology (audio) , ˌse-mē-, ˌsē-ˌmī- How to pronounce semiology (audio) \

Definition of semiology

: the study of signs especially : semiotics

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semiological \ (ˌ)sē-​ˌmī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce semiology (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ə-​ How to pronounce semiology (audio) \ adjective
semiologically \ (ˌ)sē-​ˌmī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce semiology (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ə-​ How to pronounce semiology (audio) \ adverb
semiologist \ ˌsē-​mē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce semiology (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ , ˌsē-​ˌmī-​ How to pronounce semiology (audio) \ noun

Examples of semiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, one of the most striking aspects of the show is how familiar most of the clothing semiology is. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Don’t Get Dressed Without Watching This Show," 13 May 2020 The semiology of the cowboy being about as obvious as that of the Stars and Stripes pin. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Marco Rubio’s Shiny Boots Stir Up the Presidential Race," 7 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of semiology

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for semiology

Greek sēmeion sign

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The first known use of semiology was circa 1890

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“Semiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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variants: or semeiology \ ˌsem-​ē-​ˈäl-​ə-​jē How to pronounce semiology (audio) , ˌsē-​mē-​ How to pronounce semiology (audio) \
plural semiologies

Medical Definition of semiology

: the study of signs: as

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